October 11 – Exodus 23:20-33
October 11 – Exodus 23:20-33
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20 “Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared.
21 Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him.
22 “But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
23 “When my angel goes before you and brings you to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, and I blot them out,
24 you shall not bow down to their gods nor serve them, nor do as they do, but you shall utterly overthrow them and break their pillars in pieces.
25 You shall serve the LORD your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.
26 None shall miscarry or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.
27 I will send my terror before you and will throw into confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you.
28 And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites from before you.
29 I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply against you.
30 Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land.
31 And I will set your border from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates, for I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.
32 You shall make no covenant with them and their gods.
33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.”
What an intentional, detailed, and protective God we serve. In these passages God sends an angel to protect and guide the Israelites to the place that He has prepared for them. The details are laid out so no questioning of safety is required. Even the hornets are on high alert and have a specific job to do. The extraordinary love of God is revealed once again.
He even made a plan so the land would become theirs gradually and not become desolate or overtaken. God is one to plan and not allow chaos to overtake us. If you are living on the edge of chaos, give God the reins and allow Him to bring you to a place of peace and order.
God has gone before us as well to prepare our place in eternity. What excites you about God’s plans for your eternity?
How do you feel protected by God on a daily basis? Think of specific examples.
Take time to reflect on God’s intentionality for your life. Are you yielding to His will? Pray to move forward with faith and trust that God loves you with an immense love.
Heavenly Father, I am so grateful You are willing to guide me as I know how chaotic my life would be without Your hand at the wheel. You have proven time and time again that You are intentional and not random, and that is what I need in my life, so I ask for You to help make the rough places smooth and the curves to become straight. Help me to focus on You and what You have for me to concern myself with and not the things of this world. The enemy would like nothing more than for me to worry about things of this earth, but You have all that taken care of, Father. It might not always look like I expect or want, but You are always going to protect me from the things that would derail me from Your plan, if I let You. Help me let You. Every day help me choose to have You be my focus and my guide. I know it is easy to say and very difficult to do, but I also know this is what is best for my life and what is going to help me be obedient to You, Father. I want what You want. I want the desires of my heart to become what You want. Help my heart change to become what it needs to be. I believe, Lord, help me with my unbelief.
In Jesus’ name.